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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
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|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-2350M processor (dual-core, 2.30GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i7-3612QM Processor (quad-core, 2.10GHz to 3.10GHz, 6MB Cache)
|Screen||15.6” choice of 1366×768, 1600×900 or 1920×1080 (Full HD) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||Up to 750GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 3000
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Nvidia optimus (GeForce GT630M)
BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n, 1×1
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
|Graphics Chip||Works||Nvidia optimus works fine with bumblebee 3.0.|
|Microphone Jack||Not Tested|
|Wireless||Works||The model tested had the ThinkPad 802.11a/b/g/n chip which is Broadcom (BCM43228) based. This requires firmware to be installed, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives handle this automatically but may freze-up on install (seems to be when the ndiswrapper driver is used). Wireless cards cannot be easily changed as Lenovo has seen fit to add a whitelist of devices to the BIOS and refuses to boot if a card is detected that is not on this whitelist. Updating the BIOS with a hacked version (see Google) to remove this restriction allowed the machine to boot with a superior Intel card bought from eBay for $12USD. A BIOS < 2.x is required for this to work otherwise a Lenovo / IBM branded card is required (search Google for “04w3765” which is the Lenovo part code for the Intel Centrino 2230 with bluetooth)|
|Bluetooth||Works||With the BCM43228 Wifi chipset Bluetooth is embedded so requires the inferior Broadcom card to work|
|Card Reader||Works||RTS5229 chip requires downloading and installing a thrird party kernel driver|
|Fingerprint Reader (where applicable)||Works||Tested with fingerprint-gui and policykit-1-fingerprint-gui package of ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.|
|Hibernate/Resume||Does not work||Hibernate is disabled by default on ubuntu anyway.|
This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13 and Debian 7.0 (Wheezy). Installation froze on machines with the Broadcom (ThinkPad) WiFi chip but with the Intel centrino was straight forward with no issues to report. The 1.18 BIOS update from Lenovo fixes the fan problem. BIOS hacks are also available which remove the whitelist and allow installation of alternative (superior) wifi cards but these can only be applied if your orginal BIOS is version 1.18 or earlier. Later versions (version 2.0x +) of the BIOS use some version of Pheonix SecureRom and CANNOT be changed or downgraded. This severely limits which WiFi cards can be used. If you have a model with an older BIOS avoid the 2.0x update as this is irreversible and does not allow BIOS hacks to allow alternative WiFi cards past the whitelist.
BUYER BEWARE: The Broadcom chip (also branded as the Lenovo a/g/n) works at the time of writing the but has not been updated since 2011, does not work with the latest vanilla Kernels and is unlikely to ever properly support Linux. AVOID THIS WIFI CARD!
If you are unlucky enough to have the Broadcom card and have a BIOS version later than 1.18 (or do not wish to mess with your BIOS) and you wish to upgrade to the much better supported Intel card without paying the extortionate Lenovo price of 120 USD (all Lenovo / IBM have done is to change 2 bytes of data in the cards eeprom) then a search on Google for the FRU “04w3765” will bring up a range of much cheaper options (~25 USD) for an officially branded IBM / Lenovo compatible Intel Centrino 2230. These haven't been tested but the FRU is on the E430 / E530 misc list so should be fully compatible and be fully authorised by the BIOS' whitelist.
Some models of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 work fine with Linux, others require some tinkering to get working correctly. If possible choose the model with the superior Intel Centrino Wifi chipset, the Broadcom chipset causes multiple issues and you would be better off avoiding this laptop altogether if you cannot choose the Intel Centrino WiFi card. Removing / replacing the WiFi card before attempting network installations works if you have the unstable Broadcom card. Replacing Wifi modules will require either a BIOS hack or a Lenovo branded card. BIOS hacks are only possible with older models (pre 2.0x BIOS). Do not upgrade the BIOS to any version later than 1.18 unless you absolutely need Windows 8 style restrictive boot.